The word diamond comes from the Greek word meaning unbreakable. Diamonds are known to be formed at high temperatures with an amazing amount pressure deep within the earth. Before all the polishing and intricate work it takes to create a beautiful sight for the eyes of others, a diamond is just a rock. One that would be easily passed up if it weren’t for the dedication and invested time from one finding the rock to all the needed hands to cut and polish such a piece.
I believe that each foster child is a gemstone that is waiting to be discovered. Foster children are forced into unfortunate circumstances that put much pressure on their already fragile soul. With each trauma they encounter, they are forced to protect themselves by creating a hard outer shell from the outside world. In many ways, foster children are multi-faceted due having to adapt to adverse and harsh realities that life has presented.
Many foster youth, especially teenagers are unwanted due to the stigma that comes with the name—foster child. In the eyes of many, foster children are known to bring trouble wherever they go. They are just an unsightly rock that many don’t want to deal with. Fortunately though, there’s a handful of people who see beyond the case number and understand the hidden value these youth hold from within. With word by mouth and the rising numbers of advocacy, people are now discovering that there’s more than what meets the eye.
EVERY CHILD NEEDS SOMEONE TO INVEST IN THEM, ESPECIALLY FOSTER YOUTH. MANY FEEL FORGOTTEN AND WHEN THEY SEE THEIR REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR, YOU JUST MIGHT SAY, THEY SEE A DIRTY OLD ROCK.
It is our job to show the youth that they are valued, loved and appreciated. As a society, we have a much needed role to play in our community. From being an advocate, a foster parent, donor, or even a volunteer, we are playing a crucial role in changing the lives of our youth. Being a voice for the voiceless brings forth many rewards. By investing and taking the time to appreciate these “rocks”, we just may soon discover that with a bit of cutting and polishing, there just may be gem hidden within.
Diamonds are not just made, they are created by the hands of others. The multi-faceted rock is just the many stories that these youth hold. The more facets, the more brilliant they are. The more time invested, the brighter they shine! We can help others understand that there are diamonds all around us, they are just waiting to be discovered.